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174 Saundersville Road, Ste. 702
Hendersonville, TN, 37075
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When passion, talent and determination intersect, great things can

happen. John Tibbs is a prime example. Before

joining the FairTrade Services family and recording his

auspicious label debut, Dead Man Walking, the

singer/songwriter had already built a strong foundation for

his quickly burgeoning career.

A critically acclaimed independent success story—his

discography includes Swallowing Death, Breathing Life in

2012, as well as 2013’s Anchor—John’s heartland sound

and honest lyrics have earned him a formidable touring

platform and household recognition among Noisetrade


With an earnest, evocative voice and genuine songs that

naturally connect with listeners, it’s an exciting time for the

Kentucky-born artist. He has already toured with such

leading names as Newsboys, Crowder, Tenth Avenue

North, Unspoken, Gungor and Audrey Assad, and he’ll be joining Matt Maher on

the road later this spring. John’s engaging live performances have more than

whet fans’ appetites for his highly anticipated full-length debut.

One listen to the soulful, vulnerable title track (featuring Ellie Holcomb), the edgy

truth of “Silver In Stone” or the shimmering buoyancy of “Hope,” it’s hard to

imagine this pastor’s kid—who grew up immersed in a variety of musical

influences—do anything but write songs and sing.

“There’s a lot of old school country and church hymn-influences in my music,”

John says of his roots-rock orientation. “When I was about 6-years-old, my dad

took a position at a church in Punxsutawney, in western Pennsylvania. Growing

up there, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty became the

soundtrack of my youth.”

As a teen, John began to feel the call to music ministry. “I was an athlete in high

school and anytime I was outside the house that’s what I was doing,” he recalls.

“Then I attended a Crowder concert in junior high and there was something very

special about that experience. His music connected so many different types of

people to each other and to Jesus. I thought, ‘I have to do this,’ although I didn’t

fully understand at that time how it would come to be.”

After graduating from Anderson University in central Indiana, John spent a year

as a worship leader at nearby Madison Park Church, where he began to truly

understand his calling. “I had written songs that ministered to people at our

church so I started wondering how I could share my music beyond our

congregation,” he says. “I began to play at other churches, then camps and

conferences—God continued to open door after door.” John also developed

an online community of more than 100,000 supporters who helped crowd-fund

some of his independent recordings, and it wasn’t long before he’d piqued the

interest of FairTrade.

Produced by Ben Shive (Rend Collective, Colony House), John’s label debut—

Dead Man Walking—is filled with hearty, ear-grabbing melodies and honest,

autobiographical lyrics. His transparency is like an emotional magnet pulling the

listener deeper into each song. “I didn’t want people to turn this record on and

hear a cute or polished song,” he says. “I want people to listen to the record and

hear heart.”

He succeeds in serving up his heart in a powerful way on such tracks as the

infectious “Raining Pouring” and the potent truth of “Anchor.” The latter is

particularly meaningful to John, chronicling his own journey from fear to faith. “I

was trying to figure out how I was going to be able to do music full time,

because my job at the church was our only income,” he says. “The song talks

about going out into the ocean; I’m in the boat and I don’t know the places I’m

headed or the people I’m going to see. I don’t know how it’s going to end up,

but I just know God is on board too.”

John penned eight of the album’s 10 selections, including “Abraham,” a hopeful

track inspired by Exodus. “I connect to the story of the Jewish people. It just

paints a beautiful picture of God’s strength and consistency, yet He’s so gentle,”

John says. “God went above and beyond to get His people out of Egypt, though

they cursed Him and turned away. I do that daily, but God has shown me time

and again how good He is in spite of me. It all comes back to Him.”

“Everything I Need” holds deep personal significance for John in light of his

struggle with a lifelong speech impairment. “The song says, ‘Though my

weakness ties my tongue, I sing of every good You’ve done.’ It is exhausting to

try to hide something,” he shares of the issue he managed to conceal for many

years. “Culture says you have to be perfect and have all the answers, but that

isn’t a healthy attitude. I started being open about my speech difficulties in

hopes that it would encourage other people. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says ‘My grace is

sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast

all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on

me.’ All of us have our struggles, but our God is active in everything.”

Dead Man Walking showcases John Tibbs’ heartfelt explorations of faith and his

insightful revelations about what it means to be a child of God in a complicated

world. “Everyone struggles and there are things in each of our lives that act as

chains and keep us from being the people God has called us to be,” he says,

“Christ came and threw those chains off and because of that there’s Hope and

Peace. I want this to be an album that acknowledges our struggles and then

points people to Jesus.”